BRYN MAWR, Pa. - It was another strong performance for the Bryn Mawr field hockey team against a Centennial Conference opponent earlier Saturday afternoon. The Owls put up a five-spot against visiting McDaniel College on Applebee Field, with five different players scoring for Bryn Mawr on the day. The win is Bryn Mawr's fourth conference victory in a row, another historic feat for the Owls as that is the first time they have accomplished that in program history.
It didn't take long for Bryn Mawr to get on the board in this one, as they scored the opener just 4:32 into the game. On a penalty corner, the Owls worked the ball to Sara Rilatt, and the junior fired a shot on goal from nearly straight on. Shaw was standing in a perfect spot in front of the goalkeeper, and she deflected the ball past the other defenders and high into the back of the net to give Bryn Mawr a quick 1-0 lead.
McDaniel did a good job of weathering the storm over the next 15 minutes, as Bryn Mawr continued to earn corners and get shots off but failed to capitalize on those opportunities. Finally, the Owls found an important insurance goal five minutes into the second period. This time, a penalty corner went to Mary Cugini at the top of the circle, and she was able to drive in on goal a bit before letting loose a rocket of a shot from the top right. The blast made it through the entire mass of people in front of the cage and into the back of the net to make it 2-0 Owls.
That proved to be an important goal for the hosts, as McDaniel would scratch across a goal just before halftime. A dubious foul inside the circle led to a penalty stroke for the visitors, and Emily Farrell was able to sneak the ball just past Titus and into the cage to make it a 2-1 game headed into halftime.
Bryn Mawr came out of the break looking to extend their lead, and they did just that just three minutes into the third quarter. The Owls got yet another penalty corner chance, and a shot from the top left was initially saved/blocked/stopped in front, but Kelly Bergman collected the loose ball and drove towards the right post with it. With plenty of space in front of her, Bergman fired a shot from point blank into the back of the cage to make it a 3-1 Bryn Mawr lead.
The Owls would find the back of the net one more time in the quarter, extending their lead to three with just over a minute to play in the period. Breaking out of the midfield, the Owls were able to drive the ball down the right side and center to Mary Cugini for a shot. McDaniel's Paige Ford made the stop on that effort, but Zaynah Moen was able to corral the rebound and fire a ball to the left of Ford and inside the left post to make it a 4-1 game headed to the fourth.
Bryn Mawr wrapped up their scoring early in the final quarter, with Sara Rilatt tallying the team's fifth goal just over two minutes into the frame. Another foul in the circle led to the game's second penalty stroke of the game, this time for Bryn Mawr. Rilatt stepped up to the spot and took the shot, sending a perfectly aimed shot just inside the right post in the middle of the net. That made it a 5-1 scoreline in favor of the Owls, and the score would stay that way from there on out.
With the win, the Owls move to 10-1 on the season, the first time they have reached double-digit wins since 1996. Today's victory is also the first time Bryn Mawr has defeated McDaniel since 1999.
The Owls will travel to Swarthmore on Wednesday night for their next contest, looking to keep their Centennial Conference win streak rolling. The game against their tri-co rivals is scheduled for 7:30 PM in Swarthmore.